73 – Johann Hari

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Backstage at the Soho Theatre I got to sit down with journalist Johann Hari to discuss how the media corrupts our public debate, Australian television and his powerful book, Chasing the Scream: The First & Last Days of the Drug War.

What is addiction? Why is the drug war still continuing? What is it costing us? Is there a better way?   

Article: Half of all Australians want to ban Muslim immigration, says poll

Boundless Plains To Share at the Belvoir Theatre, January 2017

Andrew Denton’s podcast series for the Wheeler Centre, Better Off Dead

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@johannhari101

chasingthescream.com

Johann’s TED Talk: Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong 

In A Nutshell: Addiction

A Small Book About Drugs by Lisa Pryor

Cause of the Week: Unharm (unharm.org)

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72 – Nish Kumar

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Finally! An actual new ep!

And what an ep it is. Comedian, writer and broadcaster Nish Kumar hosts topical comedy show Newsjack on the BBC and has been twice nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award. He writes very smart, politically charged comedy and his laugh is glorious to behold.

Here Nish and I discuss the current “spicy meatball” of a political period the UK is experiencing. From the concept of “right-wing comedy” to post-Brexit xenophobia to Jeremy Corbyn to Jo Cox to Trump to Hanson, this has got everything you’ve been craving.

The World Keeps Happening at the Soho Theatre

Campaign for Australian Aid’s Comedy Gala Who The Bloody Hell Are We?

Boundless Plains To Share at the Belvoir Theatre, January 2017

Article: Why triple j moving the Hottest 100 could reset the convo around Australia Day by Chloe Sargeant

@MrNishKumar

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Nish’s 2016 tour dates

Newsjack on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Article: Brexit: a disaster decades in the making by Gary Younge

Fences: A Brexit Diary by Zadie Smith

Article: No one told me to go home for 16 years then we voted for Brexit by Nish Kumar

Video: What can a satirist do with our post-truth politics? by Nish Kumar

Cause of the Week: We Love Immigration: A Comedy Night for Migrant Rights Network, Help Refugees UK (helprefugees.org.uk)

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71 – This Podcast Still Exists

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Just a small message to say that this podcast is still happening and everything, I just got distracted and tired and drunk at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Sorry lol.

New episodes coming soon!

The World Keeps Happening is at London’s Soho Theatre from September 12th

Me on Something Wonky

Campaign for Australian Aid’s Comedy Gala Who The Bloody Hell Are We?

Thank youse.

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70 – David Manne

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In a week of Sonia Kruger and Pauline Hanson nonsense, let’s talk to someone who’s actually doing something GOOD for immigrants and refugees and people of colour.

David Manne is a human rights lawyer and the Executive Director of Refugee Legal (formerly the Refugee Immigration Legal Centre or RILC). He’s passionate about helping people who ask our country for – and are deserving of – legal protection.

David gave me the lowdown on the Australian refugee crisis as he sees it: where we’re at, what laws we’re breaking, just how generous we are and what should (and can) happen next – an evacuation of people languishing in our offshore detention centres.

You can catch me at the Splendour In The Grass Comedy Club

Comedy Central’s Roast Battle @ JFL 2016

The World Keeps Happening at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Five facts to fight Sonia Kruger’s fear of Muslims by Jamila Rizvi

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@david_manne

@RefugeeLegal

Human Rights with Philip Ruddock – The Wheeler Centre’s Fifth Estate Podcast

Cause of the Week: Refugee Legal (rilc.org.au)

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69 – Alain de Botton

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It’s episode 69 so let’s talk about LOVE.

Writer and philosopher Alain de Botton is in the country to promote his (brilliant) new book The Course of Love: an exploration of the confusing ideas romanticism serves up for us. He thinks love is a serious matter indeed and one worth examining closely, and in this chat we talk about its effects, its position in our hard-wiring and its many forms.

Also, in the wake of Brexit and Trump, Alain reflects on how emotional intelligence might better inform our public debate.

You can catch me at the Splendour In The Grass Comedy Club

The World Keeps Happening at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Article: “Classwashing” Australia’s racism problem won’t make it disappear by Ruby Hamad

@alaindebotton

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The Course of Love

Video: In Praise of Short-Term Love

Cause of the Week: The School of Life (schooloflife.comSydney, Melbourne)

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68 – Jeremy Sear

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How about that election, hey?!?!?!?!?!

As the votes continue to be counted and we all wait to see what happens next, half of the brilliant Something Wonky podcast Jeremy Sear joined me to discuss what it all means. He told me how he came to be a progressive person, negative gearing, tax cuts, Hanson, the plebiscite, humanising politicians and a whole new way of thinking about our electoral system. Good times!

The World Keeps Happening at the Sydney Comedy Store, July 9th

You can catch me at the Splendour In The Grass Comedy Club

The World Keeps Happening at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival

@jeremysear

@somethingwonky

somethingwonky.com

The ABC’s Election blog

Article: Pauline Hanson’s back, and the disaffection genie is well and truly out of the bottle by Katharine Murphy

Article: AEC Admit They’ve Lost Count And Will Have To Start Again by The Backburner

Cause of the Week: Refugee Legal (rilc.org.au)

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67 – Jason Ball

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I’m back! And the election is upon us! Before the big day, I sat down with Jason Ball, the Greens candidate for the seat of Higgins. Some polling suggests the Liberal Party’s primary vote has fallen sharply and the blue ribbon seat could change hands on Saturday, which would be, to put it mildly, fucking remarkable.

Here Jason explains why he thinks he could be in with a shot, what it’s like to be involved in such a campaign, how progressive Australia really is, homophobia in the AFL and in wider society, some of his run-ins with potential voters and whether he’d actually be ready to be an MP if he actually wins.

The World Keeps Happening at the Sydney Comedy Store, July 9th

You can catch me at the Splendour In The Grass Comedy Club

The World Keeps Happening at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Stand Up 4 Orlando at the Comedy Theatre, Melbourne

jasonball.com.au

@greensjason

Article: The Battle for the Electorate of Higgins by Vice magazine

Article: Greens candidate Jason Ball hits back at homophobic graffiti

Please vote good and proper! Head to aec.gov.au for all the info about the election

Cause of the Week: beyondblue (beyondblue.org.au)

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66 – Sami Shah

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Sami Shah is a comedian who just so happens to be an ex-Muslim atheist “militant leftist”. Raised in conservative Karachi, Pakistan, and now living in Melbourne (after 5 years living in regional WA), Sami has appeared on QI and Australian Story and regularly performs stand-up all across the country.

Here Sami explains how a book made him a revolutionary and discusses Pakistani politics, the difficulties in criticising Islam and the failures of the refugee rights movement in Australia.

The World Keeps Happening at the Sydney Comedy Store, July 9th

The World Keeps Happening at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival

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@samishah

Sami Shah on Facebook

Sami’s podcast Sami Says on iTunes 

Sami’s YouTube channel

Sami’s episode of QI

“Northern Exposure”, Sami’s Australian Story

How to fail at being brown by Sami Shah

Dan Carlin’s Hardcore Histories

Sami Shah’s second life as a comedian  

Article: Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in turmoil amid toxic culture claims

Cause of the Week: Edhi Foundation (edhi.org)

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65 – Eva Orner

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Eva Orner is an Academy Award-winning documentarian who is exposing Australia’s shameful offshore detention regime with her new film Chasing Asylum. The documentary features never-before-seen footage from inside the camps on Nauru and Manus Island and brave whistleblowers speaking out about the horrific things they’ve witnessed.

I’ve seen it and (unsurprisingly) it made me cry and it made me even more furious.

Here Eva details her motivation to make work that speaks to power, torture, her frustrations with the refugee debate in Australia, the parallels between the persecution of Jews under Nazi Germany and Australia’s detention system today, government secrecy and what might just help change the conversation.

The World Keeps Happening at the Sydney Comedy Store, July 9th

The World Keeps Happening at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival

@evaorner

@chasingasylum

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Chasing Asylum screenings

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GetUp petition – Bring Them Here

It’s Okay To Compare Australia In 2016 With Nazi Germany, And Here’s Why by David Berger

Trailer for Taxi To The Dark Side

Cause of the Week: Go see “Chasing Asylum”!!! 

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64 – Edward Bourke

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Edward Bourke is a 15-year-old right-wing conservative who loves the monarchy, Margaret Thatcher and Donald Trump.

In fact, he loves Trump so much he’s launched The Trump Campaign to support the billionaire’s presidential bid and has been interviewed by Vice, Sunrise and news.com.au – and now me. In this lively discussion, Edward and I cover class, immigration, the importance of morals, Indigenous Australians and why he finds The Donald so appealing.

Despite all our disagreements, I really couldn’t help but find myself quite liking the guy. See what you reckon.

I’m at the Sydney Comedy Store this week

The World Keeps Happening at the Sydney Comedy Store, July 9th

The World Keeps Happening at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival

SBS’s The Feed’s video on Peter Dutton: The douche that keeps on giving

Outstanding claims – The Saturday Paper’s editorial

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thetrumpcampaign.com

remembermaggie.com

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Cause of the Week: Saving the Lion (savingthelion.org

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